Louise Nichols

Senior journalist

From cattle to coal. Once a specialist agriculture writer today its about community, in particular, the Upper Hunter. I have lived and worked in the region for more than 30 years. Land use issues and the future direction of our region. But you cannot take ag out of the picture - our food and how we grow it is the basis of all life. Covering the Hunter and Mid North Coast rural issues is now part of my role with Fairfax Media.

Latest Stories

Hay heading to Dunedoo and Cassilis

Hay heading to Dunedoo and Cassilis

Landholders welcome the arrival of a convoy of trucks from Southern and Central West NSW carrying donated hay which is desperately needed to feed surviving livestock on properties burn-out in last weekend's devastating Sir Ivan Bush fire.  

Maitland Show junior judging | PHOTOS

Maitland Show junior judging | PHOTOS

Three Scone Grammar School primary school students took out top honours in the teams competition of the beef cattle junior judging at this year's Maitland Show.  

Crisis meeting on wild dog menace

Crisis meeting on wild dog menace

Frustrated Upper Hunter sheep producers say they need a full-time professional wild dog controller if their industry is to survive in the region.  

Merriwa’s free range pork a success

Merriwa’s free range pork a success

On a small farm in the Upper Hunter the Grace family are proving its possible to combine ethical livestock production with a sustainable farm income.

Soaking rain needed now

Soaking rain needed now

As the long record hot and extremely dry summer drags on and on heatwave after heatwave landholders are searching the weather forecasts for some signs of a seasonal break.  

Money to flow for saleyards improvement

Money to flow for saleyards improvement

This week could see progress on the long awaited $6million upgrade of the Singleton saleyards following news that design work has been finalised on the project and tenders will soon be called for its construction.  

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